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Comment Re:Cycle beating. (Score 1) 420

One 'down side' to ever tighter regulations is the increase of complexity (and cost) of cars, so much that it prevents DIY'ers working on modern cars and supports the service industry of auto-repair - further increasing cost to the end user.

Pollution levels can be bad in some areas (such as cities like Paris), but any regulation affects all areas. Rural areas would be a lot more tolerant NOx emissions. Also the metric of 'g/km' doesn't really work when you are stationary/crawling along in traffic.

Comment A/V sync command line (Score 5, Informative) 103

I had a recent project which needed to sync Audio from recorder with video from several cameras. I found this project on GitHub which has a command line tool to measure the delta between the high quality audio from recorder and the low quality from the cameras, and then I could just put this offset in my video editor when inserting the clips.

Comment Re:It is all fun and games... (Score 1) 32

The Oculus SDK implicitly states that you can use it with non-commercial 3rd party devices (it actually says it the other way around, but it's pretty cool of them either way):
The Oculus VR Rift SDK may not be used to interface with unapproved commercial virtual reality mobile or non-mobile products or hardware.
The Oculus Mobile SDK may not be used to interface with unapproved commercial virtual reality mobile or non-mobile products or hardware.

The other consideration is that the USB ID's used by Oculus' tracker are 'owned' by Oculus, any other company could not legally sell a product using them. However this is not a product, it is a suggestion based around a firmware file ('.hex') for the STM32F3 discovery board (, which is around $10 from multiple vendors..... now go hack!!

Obviously with a name like 'mungewell' I am not a lawyer, these are just the opinions of a hacker...

Comment Mis-interpretation of Data (Score 1) 128

Whilst it is possible to place a 'snoop' on every street corner, it is costly and impractical. This technology takes away that barrier. What I'm more concerned about is the mis-interpretion of the data.

For example, for a while I used to regularly drive into a known prostitution area of the local town and exit with a young lady in my car.... it just so happened that I was collecting my girlfriend (now wife) from her University evening class. Place this snippet of mis-information into a database, and it could seriously affect my ability to get a government/classified job - and I might not even be given the reason as to why I am being declined, so as I could challenge it.

Comment Re:Google can fix it with a hammer. (Score 1) 221

People dont give a shit how a structurally sound a bridge is constructed either, only a tiny tiny % of its users do..

Yes, but it's those tiny tiny % who either choose to work at Google or support the community around these 'cool' devices. If those people walk away the devices are doomed to failure, regardless of the 'common man'.

Comment Re:Still a flat viewing plane (Score 2) 75

The key to good multi-monitor support is render each screen properly, and not just treat them as a super-wide planar monitor. Each screen should be treated as a pane of glass looking into the virtual world behind.

This forum thread does a good job of explaining how this can work:

Generally the real benefit is only seen with 1st person views.

Comment Re:Boeing Battery pic (Score 1, Troll) 301

So all in all, yes it looks bad, but in actuality the box did its job!

But the contents of the box is no longer performing it's function... minor as it might be, one presumes that it's not there just for the hell of it. And that's not including the minor inconvience of spewing smoke and scaring the paying customers.

Comment Re:Expectation of Privacy (Score 1) 136

In Canada it is permitted to listening in on _Analogue_ radio signals, providing that the information is not used in action of a crime and is not re-broadcast/told to others.

However listening _Digital_ transmissions are _NOT_ permitted, so in fact Google did break Canadian law by receiving the said data, even if by mistake. They would be extremely unwise to have done/do anything with data-mining the data.

PS. As people are generally stupid, I have to point out I am not a lawer and could be completely mistaken on my view of reality.

Comment Re:Intelligence test (Score 1) 281

Let's just assume it actually works as they say and there isn't some easy way to link the random ID the real phone.

Don't know about you, but I have a habit of sleeping in my own bed every night, so the fact that each day is allocated a random tag is irrelevant. The last few lat/long logs in the 'previous day' will be the same lat/long logs in the 'next day'. Munge

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